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NC.CGSL-002 - Online Learning and Strategies for Success - Diane Solomon

Course:Online Learning and Strategies for Success
Professor:Diane Solomon
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to NC.CGSL 002!

I hope you are ready for an exciting semester! I want to welcome you and congratulate you for deciding to enroll in this very important class. This class is designed for students starting online learning. Some of you may be freshmen and/or continuing students and this class will help you learn how to become a successful online student. The most important thing to know is that this class is for anyone who wants to learn how to be ready for the online classroom.  

I assure you that it will be a great experience. If at any time you have a question, feel lost, or need help, please let me know as I am here to support you and guide you along the way. 

We will work together to learn from each other and I am sure that you will be motivated and become successful. There is a lot of support available for you. 

Course Description

NC.CGSL 002 introduces the practical strategies and skills necessary to succeed in distance education. Students will learn how to anticipate, avoid, and/or solve typical problems encountered in the distance learning environments. 

What to Expect in this Course

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to be a successful online student. The goal of this course is to prepare you for the challenges of online and distance education classes by encouraging your individual initiative, confidence and motivation. 

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate online equipment needs.
  2. Demonstrate acceptable netiquette.
  3. Define the terminology/ vocabulary of online courses and the internet.
  4. Develop skills for success in the online environment.
  5. Examine typical problems encountered in distance learning.
  6. Demonstrate competency using various online tools utilized in an online class.

Types of Assessments

Discussion boards and activities.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course! There is no cost to you as a student – all the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format.

Other Relevant Course Information

Important on The First Day of Class:

To avoid being dropped from this course as a No Show, you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete a discussion board activity by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class. If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course. It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as present in the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 649